Brought up on hip hop.New to DJing. Old Skool EDM fan. I was a hard core raver in Tampa back in the 90's. My first exposure to EDM was when I first moved to Tampa at a teen club in Brandon called OFF limits. . Tracks like James Brown is dead,dominator,out of space, and go speed racer. First time I heard it I was like wow this is incredible. I started hitting Tampa night clubs like the Krush in downtown Tampa where mostly hip hop and booty music was being played. But every so often they would throw in some EDM like let me be your fantasy,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and planet soul. My love for EDM grew. I attended my first late night at a club in Tampa called Ozone. I was confused it was 4am Sunday morning what the hell am I and all these people doing partying at this hour. My cousin car was towed we left at about 5 and over all it was not a good experience. A few months later I met an exotic dancer and we become very close friends. She was a total raver. She use to come home Sunday morning in the best mood wide awake and offered to take me to a place called the Fantasy Ranch. Now I get it. I feel in love with the scene the vibe and the people. Never in my life had I felt so accepted. I attended the Fantasy Ranch almost every weekend after that except when there was a festival going on. The scene became my life. All week I would look forward to Saturday night. When I say the scene was my life I am not exaggerating. I became involved in illegal activities at these events. Many times during rave years i did want to start djing. I was just to involved in other aspects of the scene I just never got to it.
In 2001 after many arrests, probation and house arrest I was finally forced into early retirement by HCSO and the FDLE. I ended up with a 10 year prison sentence. I came home in early 2009 with a large list of things I wanted to do with my life. Djing was one of them. I realize I my never play a big club or event. I dont care I look at it as a passion. Things were different when I came home. I went to the clubs I use to go to and they no longer played the music I partied to. It was a different scene bottle service,dress codes and hip hop dj's. I use to be able to go out every night of the week and have a choice of which clubs I wanted to attend that played my music. Now its hard to find a club that plays breaks at least one night a week. So now I don't go out unless its a planned event to see DJs that are in town.
I learned a trade on my own while I was inside. About three weeks or so after I came home I was offered a job making decent money in the keys and jumped at it and I have been living in the keys ever since.
Being home now for over a three years I am comfortable and have most of the things in life I want. I met a wonderful women and her amazing son and both have really been a blessing. I wanted to start djing but did not know where to begin. I had no records, no decks. But I did have a fairly large digital music collection. So I did some research and bought an entry level controller and read as much as I could. I loved it. I could not stop. I quickly out grew my first controller and wanted to spin vinyl. But with limited space for a record collection. I decided to buy a Numark NS7 which is about the closest you are going to get to vinyl in the digital world. Yes I'm a digital dj and not ashamed of the fact. I will eventually get tables to go along with my digital gear.

DJ XKhan   Key Largo, United States

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